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Marc Mellon Sculpture Studio - Marc Mellon is one of America's foremost representational sculptors, well known for his portrait busts and statues recognizing leadership and outstanding achievement.Marc Mellon is one of America's foremost representational sculptors, well known for his portrait busts and statues recognizing leadership and outstanding achievement.

Marc Mellon Sculpture Studio - News From the Studio


The 2018 NBA Awards

JULY 2018

Congrats to James Harden on winning this year's NBA MVPs Trophy, and to Jamal Crawford on winning the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. Congrats too to the Houston Rockets and the Minnesota Timberwolves organizations. I'm proud to produce these yearly for the NBA


The abt 2018 golden circle luncheon

 

The abt 2017 golden circle luncheon


La Bayadère, ABT principal dancer Hee Seo
 

ABT principal dancer Hee Seo at ABT dance studio, NYC, posing for
La Bayadère, pictured below in bronze, Limited edition of 12


Battement a la Seconde, ABT Soloist Cassandra Trenary

ABT Soloist Cassandra Trenary in Mellon Studio, Redding, CT, modeling for Battement a la Seconde, pictured right in bronze, Limited edition of 12


Ed hajim statue unveiled, university of rochester

OCTOBER 7, 2016

On Friday, Oct. 7, alumni, faculty, staff and students came together to honor Chairman Emeritus Hajim and to say “Thanks, Ed” for his many contributions to the University over the years. At the event, the Edmund A. Hajim Science & Engineering Quadrangle was officially dedicated, and a new eight-foot statue of Hajim was unveiled.


The ABT 2016 Golden circle luncheon

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

Mellon exhibits ballet bronzes created in COLLABORATion WITH
the elite dancers of American Ballet Theater


Congratulations Steph Curry

May 2016

Congratulations Steph Curry on your second NBA MVP Trophy and for being the first athlete unanimously chosen for this coveted prize!


Bust of Pre-eminent Author and Journalist
Tom Wolfe


Dance
Opens at Fairfield University

September 2015

 
 

This exhibition examines the art of dance through the eyes of three gifted artists: sculptor Marc Mellon, painter Jane Sutherland, and photographer Philip Trager. Each of these artists has had a distinguished career, with numerous notable exhibitions across the country and artworks held in public as well as private collections, both in the U.S. and abroad. Though their expressive “languages” may differ, they all bring a keen eye, cutting intellect, and talented hand to their oeuvres, creating visual tours de force for their audiences to enjoy. Visitors to this show will relish a unique opportunity to see Mellon’s classically inspired bronze sculptures of dancers juxtaposed with Sutherland’s intriguing Little Dancer paintings; a series directly inspired by Edgar Degas’s great work of this same name. Trager’s silver gelatin and platinum prints of dancers – whether airborne or with bodies quieted into astoundingly expressive postures – rounds out this phenomenal triumvirate.

A broad range of Marc Mellon’s dance bronzes are featured, including three over life-size works, several Martha Graham inspired bronzes, and the first public exhibit of Mellon’s pas de deux bronzes inspired by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. Also exhibited is his recently completed balletic bronze of American Ballet Theatre Soloist Cassandra Trenary, Cassandra Rising.

The Exhibition is on view through January 15, 2016.

Walsh Art Gallery
Quick Center For the Arts
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824


Busts of Elie Wiesel Unveiled At Boston University and 92nd Street Y

September 2014

Marc’s bust of Elie Wiesel was recently unveiled at the 92nd Street Y, a major New York City cultural institution and community center, referred to by Professor Wiesel as "my cultural home in New York." A second cast of the bust was also installed at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University.  "Creating a portrait bust of Elie Wiesel has been a dream project. I came to it with the greatest respect for his core messages to mankind. Ever watchful of our world, he has raised our awareness of violence and genocide across the globe, teaching that indifference to organized hate is not an acceptable moral choice. As he has often said, the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. I wanted this portrait to reflect the complexity of the man, and hope that over time, this bronze will in a small way lead more people to Professor Wiesel's spoken and written legacy."

 
 

The Muhammad Ali Voice of Humanity Honor

Presentation of the first annually presented Muhammad Ali Voice of Humanity Honor.  MayMay Ali with the first award honoring Lonnie Ali and the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KY


LeBron James Wins fourth Maurice Padoloff Award (NBA MVP Trophy)

May 2013

On May 5, 2013 Lebron James received 120 out of 121 first place votes from the eligible sportswriters and broadcasters to win his fourth NBA MVP Trophy, and his second while playing with the Miami Heat. His previous two trophies were won while with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The award, loosely based on the NBA’s logo, was sculpted by Marc Mellon in 1986. The first recipient was Larry Bird, who in 1986 won the third of his three MVPs. Marc creates new bronze casts of the award each year for the NBA, and has also provided the WNBA with the WNBA MVP Trophy since the birth of the successful women’s league in 1996. The artist also has provided the NBA with the Drazen Petrovic Trophy which has been used in international play. He is currently working on a new NBA Award, to be unveiled in June 2013. Stay tuned!


Bust of Bart Kaufman Dedicated
at new Bart Kaufman Field
Indiana University - Bloomington

April 2013

A bust of Bart Kaufman was featured at Indiana University, Bloomington's new state of the art baseball field on April 26, 2013 on the occasion of the stadium's formal dedication. Bart Kaufman graduated with a B.S. in business from Indiana University, majoring in life insurance, in 1962 and with a J.D. from the School of Law in 1965. He went on to become one of the foremost life insurance salespersons in the United States, and has supported numerous fund-raising efforts at IU. Bart has been a major patron of Marc Mellon's portrait works in bronze. He commissioned Marc to create his personal choices for a "Millennial Series of Greats of the 20th Century" with busts of Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill, and Ronald Reagan. He has also commissioned Mellon portrait busts for IU's campus, recognizing great "university builders" including Dick Johnson, who led in establishment the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business, and Curt Simic, President Emeritus of the IU Foundation.


MUHAMMAD YUNUS
HONORED WITH ALBERT SCHWEITZER HUMANITARIAN AWARD

March 2013

Quinnipiac University presented its Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award to Muhammad Yunus, who founded the practice of microcredit as a means to combat global poverty before his March 6 lecture at the university. Yunus, who was awarded Quinnipiac's most prestigious humanitarian award, also accepted an invitation to join the Albert Schweitzer Institute's honorary board.

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Bust of Hobie Billingsley, Legendary Diving Coach of Olympians, Unveiled at Indiana University, Bloomington


Hobie Billingsley Portrait Bust in Process


Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology

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Commissioned by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. Wallace H. Coulter invented the Coulter Principle and developed the Coulter Counter, revolutionizing medical diagnostics. Awarded Annually by the American Society of Hematology and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. In 2013 the WHCF will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Wallace H. Coulter's birth and unveil full-scale galvanos of the medal at universities across America.


Chesterwood National Trust Historic Site Invites
Marc Mellon to be Sculptor-in-Residence

July 2012

By special invitation, Marc Mellon was Chesterwood’s sculptor-in-residence for the month of July 2012 where he worked in Daniel Chester French’s historic studio, designed by the architect of the Lincoln Memorial, Henry Bacon. Marc and his wife, Babette Bloch, fellow sculptor, have been frequent visitors to Chesterwood over the years and his over life-size bronze sculpture entitled Eve, was included in Chesterwood's outdoor exhibition Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 1994.

Marc is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, where Daniel Chester French was a founding member of the organization.

Visitors to Chesterwood had the opportunity to see Marc work on his new dance series working with live models. "I enjoyed interacting with Chesterwood's visitors, answering quetions about my process, and how sculptors from Daniel Chester French's time to today work with clients on developing important public works.

Chesterwood is the former country home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, including the Minute Man in Concord, MA and the Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This Historic Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. French and his family lived at Chesterwood from 1896 – 1931 during the months of May through October. The Site is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, 11am-4pm, seven days a week. Visit Chesterwood.org for more information about Chesterwood's upcoming special events and programs.


MorseLife Senior Campus Unveils Generations
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

In January 2012 MorseLife Senior Campus of West Palm Beach, Florida unveiled Mellon's 10' high Generations in their newly renovated atrium space. "I was very moved," says artist Marc Mellon "to see how the residents and staff of MorseLife immediately embraced Generations." According to MorseLife President and CEO Keith Meyers, "Generations adds a new dimension to our facility, bringing beauty and joy to the families we serve."


American Artist Magazine Features Artist Couple,
Marc Mellon and Babette Bloch, in Summer 2011 Issue

In an article titled “Sculpting a Marriage,” American Artist Magazine featured interviews with Marc and Babette in their Redding, CT studios for their special “Studios” edition. The article included photographs of Babette’s skylit design space and of her metal finishing space, as well as photographs of Marc’s studio, complete with “sprung floors,” 8’ high mirrors, and 30’ of north light.

The article was by Michael Gormley, Editorial Director at American Artist Magazine

American Artist Studios, 2011


Smithsonian Institution Commissions Mellon to Honor
Kenneth E. Behring

In October 2010 Marc was commissioned by the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, to create a bust of major Smithsonian Institution philanthropist Kenneth H. Behring.

The bust was sculpted in Danville California on the site of the Wheelchair Foundation, the foundation Mr. Behring established to distribute wheelchairs to the world's indigent.

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Hough lead the proceedings to honor Mr. Behring and unveil the bust at the NMAH in June 2011, just before American History Day celebrations, which are funded by Mr. Behring.

The bust joins other works of Marc’s in the Smithsonian’s collection, including his bust of George HW Bush, in the National Portrait Gallery. The NMAH also houses Mellon's 2009 Official Presidential Inaugural Medal (portrait relief of Barack Obama), his Theodore Roosevelt Police Award (commissioned by the Theodore Roosevelt Association), and the 2003 Brookgreen Gardens Medal, From the Artist's Studio, To Nature's Gallery.

For more information on Kenneth E. Behring's global wheelchair foundation: Wheelchair Foundation


George eastman public art statue dedicated

October 10, 2009
University of Rochester, River Campus

The University of Rochester has unveiled an 8’ high statue of George Eastman, whose vision and philanthropy helped transform the University of Rochester into a world-class university.

The statue was commissioned in conjunction with the establishment of the George Eastman Circle, a society of dedicated donors to the university. Over 3000 families have joined the GEC since it’s recent establishment.

For the University of Rochester's news release on the statue please click here.

For a short video on the University of Rochester, the George Eastman Circle, and the commissioning of the Eastman statue, please click here.


Smithsonian Adds Mellon Medals to Medallic Art Collection

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In 2011 two Mellon medals were added to the Smithsonian’s important American Medallic Art Collection. The new additions were a silver medal portrait relief of Theodore Roosevelt, commissioned by the Theodore Roosevelt Association as their TRA Police Award, and a gold 3” strike of the Official 2009 Presidential Inaugural Medal produced in commemoration of the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Also in the collection is Mellon’s 2003 medal for Brookgreen Gardens, America’s oldest sculpture garden, From the Artist’s Studio- To Nature’s Gallery.

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The 2009 Official Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural Medal

Soon after the election of Barack Obama, as the result of a national competition, The 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee approved Mellon's portrait of Barack Obama for the 2009 Official Presidential Inaugural Medal. Sculptor and medalist Marc Mellon modeled the portrait of Barack Obama that appears on the obverse (front) of the medal. The reverse of the medal is by well-known medalist and former U.S. Mint engraver Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. The medals were struck by Medalcraft Mint of Green Bay, WI, considered to be one of the finest private mints in America. Sales of the medal raised funds for the inaugural events of January 20, 2009 in Washington DC.

 
 Mellon finalizing his design

Mellon finalizing his design

Official Inaugural Medals have been coveted collectables going back to the beginning of the 20th century.  Theodore Roosevelt, feeling that the medal, and all of America's coinage, should reflect the highest standards of American art, asked the legendary sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens to design his medal.  Other well-known designers of the Official Inaugural Medal include Jo Davidson, who designed an FDR medal, and Paul Manship, who designed medals for both FDR and JFK. Mellon medallions have previously served to honor President Jimmy Carter (recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Award for Humanitarian Service) and former US Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (awarded the  Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the United States Michael Smurfit Achievement Award for his work in helping to broker the peace treaty in Northern Ireland).

The artist tried to project a thoughtful and introspective Barack Obama.  Says Mellon, “I imagined Barack Obama thinking of Lincoln and of Martin Luther King, of the historic nature of his election, and of the serious challenges he was chosen to face.” Below is an audio file of Marc being interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) about The 2009 Official Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural Medal:


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